ASTR 390 - Principles of Astrophysics I

Description
Astrophysics is the application of physical principles to astronomical systems. Astrophysicists use their knowledge of physics to explain observations of astronomical phenomena, drawing upon a wide range of subjects in physics, including classical mechanics, quantum and atomic physics, themodynamics, electromagnetism, chemistry, and nuclear physics, among others. In this two-semester introduction to astrophysics you will learn how to use a variety of physical principles to understand the characteristics and evolution of planets, stars, galaxies, and the Universe as a whole. In this course the thematic focus will be on gravity, which is the dominant force in many astronomical systems. Among the topics we will explore include planetary and binary star systems, supermassive black holes, spiral and elliptical galaxies, dark matter, gravitational lensing, and the geometry and cosmic expansion history of the Universe. (Same as PHYS 390) (ATTR: ARTS)
Credits
3
Attributes
ARTS
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Recent Semesters
Fall 2018, Fall 2016
Offered
TuTh
Avg. Class Size
35
Avg. Sections
1